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Full video of our conversation about public lands in Western North Carolina (left to right) moderated by Carolina Public Press Managing Editor Frank Taylor, with panelists Allen Nicholas, forest supervisor with the U.S. Forest Service; Roderick Simmons, director of Asheville Parks and Recreation; and Gordon Warburton, ecoregion supervisor with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. For more on Carolina Public Press’s reporting about issues facing the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, visit our Forest Lookouts special section. READ MORE

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